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So I'm really conflicted about my uni choices. I've narrowed down my 5 choices to 2. This is for biomedical science, and the unis are Bangor, and Uni of Essex. For Bangor, I applied for foundation year. And for Essex, First year. I've seen that Bangor has a better rank for biomedicine, but I will have to do an extra year. I've also seen that Essex is better ranked overall, but the biomedicine course is not that highly ranked. I don't mind moving to either. My main concern is choosing between the uni and the subject. I've looked at both the uni's social medias, and I don't mind either. Which would be better? I've been thinking about this for weeks now, Can't choose.

Pls help, I would appreciate it.

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I think you should go in TikTok or other places and make a pros and cons list for it
Have you been to visit them? Which has more interesting modules?
You need to think about which you would enjoy more rather than what other poeple say. Everyone likes and value different things
Have you asked Bangor if there’s any possibility of being accepted for year 1 entry?
Original post by Pink turtles
So I'm really conflicted about my uni choices. I've narrowed down my 5 choices to 2. This is for biomedical science, and the unis are Bangor, and Uni of Essex. For Bangor, I applied for foundation year. And for Essex, First year. I've seen that Bangor has a better rank for biomedicine, but I will have to do an extra year. I've also seen that Essex is better ranked overall, but the biomedicine course is not that highly ranked. I don't mind moving to either. My main concern is choosing between the uni and the subject. I've looked at both the uni's social medias, and I don't mind either. Which would be better? I've been thinking about this for weeks now, Can't choose.

Pls help, I would appreciate it.

Hello,

Its great to hear that you are thinking of Essex as an option πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ“

Here at Essex we have lots of facilities for our Biomedicine students such as our state-of-the-art research facilities, from protein purification, to cell culture and imaging, to molecular modelling, receive training in your first year on using the Oxford Nanopore MinION, a portable handheld device that can sequence genomes in real time and teaching facilities including new undergraduate laboratories.

In terms of campus: Our gym is home to over 160 fitness stations, on-site parking, machines with TV and audio systems and 300 fitness classes every month. We have our 250-metre climbing wall with bouldering and top roping facilities, as well as having over 20 indoor courts including basketball, volleyball, squash, netball and futsal. Our 40 acres of outdoor sports space includes an 18-hole disc golf course, cricket pitch, tennis court, jogging routes, two rugby pitches and five football pitches.πŸ’ͺ

Overlooking the lakes at the heart of our Colchester Campus is the Albert Sloman Library. Use our paternoster lift to reach six floors of research resources, specialist materials, and of course a whole lot of books. It's the perfect environment for quiet reading or that last-minute essay. The library is open 24/7 during term time and has a wide range of learning resources; books, journals, British and foreign-newspapers, microfilms and audio-visual materials - most of course materials are online as well so you can access this from home just as well. πŸ“•πŸ“šπŸ“‘ We have over 165 societies and clubs to join and be part of! I personally did Cheerleading and enjoyed being in a competitive team, where we travelled across the country for competitions, as well as having social events together! πŸŽ€

On campus we have 2 bars, and a nightclub, as well as lots of food outlets, shops and on a Thursday we have a food market take place with food from all over the world. We also have both a theatre and a cinema! This all offers lots of space for students socially. πŸ˜ŽπŸ”πŸ•πŸΉ

89% of our graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023).

As Britain's oldest recorded development, the city of Colchester is steeped in over two thousand years of history after being founded by the Ancient Romans, and it's also where our main university campus is located. But it's not just Colchester that has lots for you to explore. Chelmsford is the first in Essex, showcasing a bustling city centre packed full of shops and restaurants, it's also the birthplace of radio. A little further north of the county you'll find the village Tiptree, so famous for producing jam, The Queen marked their 125th celebration with a visit by Her MajestyπŸ“πŸ’.

Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour, with 3 train stations near byπŸš…πŸ›«

Check out our website for everything we have to offer on campus: https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus.

And check this out to see what is going on in Colchester: https://incolchester.co.uk/events.

I hope this helps! βœ¨πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ“πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ Essex Official Rep - Morgan x
Pssst - Morgan - no one knows what a paternoster lift is - you guys need to host some gifs and embed them into your posts using the img tags :wink:
Original post by PQ
Pssst - Morgan - no one knows what a paternoster lift is - you guys need to host some gifs and embed them into your posts using the img tags :wink:


I do - used Sheffield Uni's to get to the architecture department. Nearly didn't make it :biggrin:
Original post by Pink turtles
So I'm really conflicted about my uni choices. I've narrowed down my 5 choices to 2. This is for biomedical science, and the unis are Bangor, and Uni of Essex. For Bangor, I applied for foundation year. And for Essex, First year. I've seen that Bangor has a better rank for biomedicine, but I will have to do an extra year. I've also seen that Essex is better ranked overall, but the biomedicine course is not that highly ranked. I don't mind moving to either. My main concern is choosing between the uni and the subject. I've looked at both the uni's social medias, and I don't mind either. Which would be better? I've been thinking about this for weeks now, Can't choose.

Pls help, I would appreciate it.
Hey @Pink turtles πŸ‘‹

I'm an Essex biomedical science student currently on my placement year, so I can help if you have any specific questions about the course πŸ”¬

Both degrees at Essex and Bangor are accredited, which is the main thing! Have you visited either campus for an offer holder day? We had one last weekend and the next one in Colchester is the 9th March. It's a great time to both see the campus and get a chance to speak with academics in the school of Life Sciences.

I have a friend studying zoology in Bangor and I visited there a couple of years ago. That area of Wales is absolutely stunning, but a little bit remote if you don't drive.

I will say that I chose Essex specifically for the Applied Biomedical Science course that comes with an NHS placement year. They're incredibly supportive if you choose to do the NHS placement where you can complete your registration portfolio.

The courses are flexible so you can choose to change your course code at any point, some people change their minds and want to do the applied course or the integrated masters and it's pretty easy to do.

Selwa Alsam is our course director and her team work with partner hospitals to help you find your placement. This year, Essex has 29 biomed students on their NHS placement year. This is the highest number out of any biomed course in the UK!

Selwa is always happy to answer any questions and I'll link her page: Here

Hope this helps and I'm happy to talk about my experiences if you think of anything you want to ask 😊

Best wishes
Essex Student Rep - Hayley
I have been to Bangor and Colchester, the latter is a far nicer place to live. My opinion of course, you may prefer Bangor.
Original post by mauufey
I think you should go in TikTok or other places and make a pros and cons list for it
i've already watched all the tiktoks on their pages, and from students too. I've also read all the articles and vlogs, etc
Original post by totallyfine
Have you been to visit them? Which has more interesting modules?
You need to think about which you would enjoy more rather than what other poeple say. Everyone likes and value different things
the modules are pretty much the same. I also can't visit, as i'm in manchester, and they're both quite far away, especially essex :/
Original post by PQ
Have you asked Bangor if there’s any possibility of being accepted for year 1 entry?
not yet, I doubt they'll allow me, since my grades don't really work out.
Original post by EssexOfficialRep
Hello,

Its great to hear that you are thinking of Essex as an option πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ“

Here at Essex we have lots of facilities for our Biomedicine students such as our state-of-the-art research facilities, from protein purification, to cell culture and imaging, to molecular modelling, receive training in your first year on using the Oxford Nanopore MinION, a portable handheld device that can sequence genomes in real time and teaching facilities including new undergraduate laboratories.

In terms of campus: Our gym is home to over 160 fitness stations, on-site parking, machines with TV and audio systems and 300 fitness classes every month. We have our 250-metre climbing wall with bouldering and top roping facilities, as well as having over 20 indoor courts including basketball, volleyball, squash, netball and futsal. Our 40 acres of outdoor sports space includes an 18-hole disc golf course, cricket pitch, tennis court, jogging routes, two rugby pitches and five football pitches.πŸ’ͺ

Overlooking the lakes at the heart of our Colchester Campus is the Albert Sloman Library. Use our paternoster lift to reach six floors of research resources, specialist materials, and of course a whole lot of books. It's the perfect environment for quiet reading or that last-minute essay. The library is open 24/7 during term time and has a wide range of learning resources; books, journals, British and foreign-newspapers, microfilms and audio-visual materials - most of course materials are online as well so you can access this from home just as well. πŸ“•πŸ“šπŸ“‘ We have over 165 societies and clubs to join and be part of! I personally did Cheerleading and enjoyed being in a competitive team, where we travelled across the country for competitions, as well as having social events together! πŸŽ€

On campus we have 2 bars, and a nightclub, as well as lots of food outlets, shops and on a Thursday we have a food market take place with food from all over the world. We also have both a theatre and a cinema! This all offers lots of space for students socially. πŸ˜ŽπŸ”πŸ•πŸΉ

89% of our graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023).

As Britain's oldest recorded development, the city of Colchester is steeped in over two thousand years of history after being founded by the Ancient Romans, and it's also where our main university campus is located. But it's not just Colchester that has lots for you to explore. Chelmsford is the first in Essex, showcasing a bustling city centre packed full of shops and restaurants, it's also the birthplace of radio. A little further north of the county you'll find the village Tiptree, so famous for producing jam, The Queen marked their 125th celebration with a visit by Her MajestyπŸ“πŸ’.

Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour, with 3 train stations near byπŸš…πŸ›«

Check out our website for everything we have to offer on campus: https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus.

And check this out to see what is going on in Colchester: https://incolchester.co.uk/events.

I hope this helps! βœ¨πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ“πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ Essex Official Rep - Morgan x
omg, hi! Thank you for that, it really helped. Do you know anything about the employment around the area for stores. I know the uni offer student jobs, but what is the out of campus job hunt(?) like?
Original post by PQ
Pssst - Morgan - no one knows what a paternoster lift is - you guys need to host some gifs and embed them into your posts using the img tags :wink:
I KNOW!!! It's the moving lifts where you have to get in and out on time.
Original post by Pink turtles
So I'm really conflicted about my uni choices. I've narrowed down my 5 choices to 2. This is for biomedical science, and the unis are Bangor, and Uni of Essex. For Bangor, I applied for foundation year. And for Essex, First year. I've seen that Bangor has a better rank for biomedicine, but I will have to do an extra year. I've also seen that Essex is better ranked overall, but the biomedicine course is not that highly ranked. I don't mind moving to either. My main concern is choosing between the uni and the subject. I've looked at both the uni's social medias, and I don't mind either. Which would be better? I've been thinking about this for weeks now, Can't choose.

Pls help, I would appreciate it.
i did a similar degree and i'm surprised these uni were your two top picks... i would seriously not firm Essex without visiting, trust me.
Original post by EssexStudentRep
Hey @Pink turtles πŸ‘‹

I'm an Essex biomedical science student currently on my placement year, so I can help if you have any specific questions about the course πŸ”¬

Both degrees at Essex and Bangor are accredited, which is the main thing! Have you visited either campus for an offer holder day? We had one last weekend and the next one in Colchester is the 9th March. It's a great time to both see the campus and get a chance to speak with academics in the school of Life Sciences.

I have a friend studying zoology in Bangor and I visited there a couple of years ago. That area of Wales is absolutely stunning, but a little bit remote if you don't drive.

I will say that I chose Essex specifically for the Applied Biomedical Science course that comes with an NHS placement year. They're incredibly supportive if you choose to do the NHS placement where you can complete your registration portfolio.

The courses are flexible so you can choose to change your course code at any point, some people change their minds and want to do the applied course or the integrated masters and it's pretty easy to do.

Selwa Alsam is our course director and her team work with partner hospitals to help you find your placement. This year, Essex has 29 biomed students on their NHS placement year. This is the highest number out of any biomed course in the UK!

Selwa is always happy to answer any questions and I'll link her page: Here

Hope this helps and I'm happy to talk about my experiences if you think of anything you want to ask 😊

Best wishes
Essex Student Rep - Hayley
Hii, this really helped. Is there a difference between applied and non applied? Does non applied mean that I can't get a job at nhs after I finish uni?

edit: I haven't visited either, they're a bit far from Manchester. Essex does an online offer holder day I saw, so I'll likely attend that.
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by Pink turtles
not yet, I doubt they'll allow me, since my grades don't really work out.


You might be surprised. Universities often have quite a lot of flexibility around grades below their standard offer
Original post by PQ
You might be surprised. Universities often have quite a lot of flexibility around grades below their standard offer
i know, but I didn't try hard in first year college due to personal circumstances, and managed to get somewhat decent grades. I feel like i'd be pushing it if i ask to do first year.
Original post by Pink turtles
i know, but I didn't try hard in first year college due to personal circumstances, and managed to get somewhat decent grades. I feel like i'd be pushing it if i ask to do first year.


There’s zero risk in asking. If they say no then you’re in exactly the same position as you are now.

When UCAS release their entry grades tool you might find that they regularly take people into yr 1 with your grades.
Original post by PQ
There’s zero risk in asking. If they say no then you’re in exactly the same position as you are now.

When UCAS release their entry grades tool you might find that they regularly take people into yr 1 with your grades.
oh wow, thank you!!

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